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Phil Bernstein

Phil Bernstein

I am a member of the Data Management, Exploration and Mining group in Microsoft Research Redmond. I work on various aspects database systems, mostly related to data integration and transaction processing.

Currently, I'm working on a distributed systems programming framework, called Orleans, which was released as open source in January, 2015. I gave a keynote about it at DISC 2014; slides are posted here.

My early research was primarily on transaction processing and, after a long hiatus, I resumed working in this area in 2006 as a co-designer of the database engine for SQL Azure. I then focused on building Hyder, a prototype transactional indexed-record manager that scales out without partitioning. Sudipto Das and I recently surveyed techniques for multi-master replication. I have also published two books on transaction processing:

  • Principles of Transaction Processing (2nd edition), coauthored with Eric Newcomer, was published in June 2009 by Morgan-Kauffman Publishers, a division of Elsevier. Translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Concurrency Control and Recovery in Database Systems, coauthored with Vassos Hadzilacos and Nathan Goodman, is downloadable for free from here.

I also work on data integration problems. From 2000 - 2011 I led the Model Management Project, whose goal was to make database systems easier to use for model-driven applications, such as design tools, message translators, and database translators. I also worked on object-to-relational mapping, especially in support of the ADO.NET Entity Framework. Over the years, this work has been done in close collaboration with Sergey Melnik (now at Google), James Terwilliger (Microsoft), Eli Cortez (Microsoft), Suad Alagic (Univ. of Southern Maine), Alon Halevy (Google), Jayant Madhavan (Google), René Miller (Univ. of Toronto), Peter Mork (MITRE Corp.), Rachel Pottinger (Univ. of British Columbia), Christoph Quix (Technical Univ. of Aachen), Erhard Rahm (Univ. of Leipzig), Adi Unnithan (Microsoft), and many great interns.

I've published many research papers on transaction processing, data integration, and other aspects of database management. You can find a nearly-complete list at the DBLP Computer Science Bibliography.

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